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Lid Lifters

John Maxwell speaks at length about lid-lifters in the Bible. What do we mean when we speak of lid-lifters? Lid-Lifters are people who remove the lid of other people so that those people may reach a greater level of potential.

Today I want to introduce you to some lid-lifting imperatives for the church, that, if implemented will cause ministry to thrive. We all want to see our ministry bear fruit, but they will not bear fruit if these important ingredients are absent (these are not exhaustive but imperative).

1. Lift the Lid of Someone by Lending Them Your Spiritual Gift (1Corinthians 12, Romans 12)

Stop being selfish! In this same vein, Romans 12:5 reminds us that we belong to each other. No Christian is an island. Can you wrap your mind around the kind of impact the church would have if we lent our spiritual gift so that someone else may increase?

2. Lift the Lid of Someone by Sharing Your Material Resources (Philippians 14-17)

Stop hoarding! There are too many Christians who are lovers of their wealth. Paul waited for, and accepted, material resources for his ministry. He commended those that gave and he credited their account because sharing material resources is essential to lid-lifting. If you shared just a little bit of your material possessions, do you think you’ll become bankrupt? Think about the impact you may have through that person when you give some material resource.

3. Lift the Lid of Someone by Sharing Your Financial Wealth (1 Corinthians 8)

Stop being miserly! I don’t think one can read this passage on giving and not feel convicted about giving generously. The Macedonians were an example to the Corinthian believers. They were poor yet they gave generously. They asked for opportunities to give. They gave in spite of not having much. Greed is usually a good indicator of who your real god is. When the Macedonians gave, they were lifting the lid off other Christians. Have you considered if you gave to the ministry with faithfulness and with rich generosity, the impact it would make in our world? You should consider releasing your financial wealth so that someone or some ministry might reach another level of its potential.

Shalom
Selvan Govender
Director of Shepherds Heart SA
http://www.shepherdsheart.co.za
Director of Theological Education for the BMSA

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Try to Be Greater than Jesus

Jesus himself said that those who believe in him will “be greater than him”. Greater in what? It is evidently obvious that we will never be greater than Jesus in terms of his attributes but we can be greater than Jesus in at least one area. Can you guess what that area is? You can be greater than Jesus in the area of evangelism, discipleship, missions and church planting. These are Jesus words in John 14:12, “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father.”

When last have you shared the gospel? When last have you given resources that would empower missions and church planting? When last did you deliberately create opportunities for the presentation of the gospel? When last did you share your testimony?

Has the hunger and thirst do do greater works than Jesus died out in you? I encourage you to re-think your role as a believer, because if you say you believe then the text tells you that the works He does, you will also do.

Go, do the works he did!

 

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